Ecuador National Museum of Medicine

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The Ecuador National Museum of Medicine is located in Quito, Ecuador. [1]

The mission of the Museum of Medicine[edit]

Dr. Eduardo Estrella founded Ecuador's National Museum of Medicine on 5 March 1982. Estrella's mission was to paint a full picture of the native, natural medicine of South America and to preserve Ecuadoran heritage. The main elements of the museum include Aboriginal Medical Food, nutrition and health, medical archeology, and medicinal plants. There is a full museum with Dential equipment from the late 17th, 18th through the very start 19th century such as Antique Microscopes, Antique Medicine Bottles, medical instrument literature and a complete library of knowledge and language of Andian Medicine Plants.[2][2]

There are also sections dedicated to Colonial medicine in South America, as well as institutionalization of academic medicine, hospitals, and medical education.

Dr. Eduardo Estrella studied medicine at the Central University of Ecuador. After graduation, Dr Estrella did his Postgraduate education on Radiotherapy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States from 1968 to 1970. He did his specialized studies in psychiatry at the University of Navarra, Pamplona from 1970 to 1973, Spain. Aguirre later chaired the medical faculty at the Central University of Ecuador. Dr Estrella got his doctoral degree from the Catholic University of Quito in the 1980s. This was after he had published extensively on Andian medicine and on the history of medicine.


The Dr. Eduardo Estrella National Museum of Medicine library has been established to collect, protect, classify and catalog the medical, administrative and economic documentation of health institutions for Ecuador. The library is composed of more than 15 documentaries funds, corresponding to approximately 10,000 boxes and hardcover volumes. The Museum and Library are located in Hall No. 5 Eugenio Espejo Convention Center (lanes Sodiro and Valparaiso). Open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 3:00 pm.[3]

Photos from the Ecuador National Museum of Medicine[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Museum of Medicine', news article from
  2. ^ Official web site of the Dr. Eduardo Estrella Ecuador National Museum of Medicine in Quito, Ecuador
  3. ^ [1] The library and reference room at the Dr. Eduardo Estrella National Museum of Medicine in Quito

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Coordinates: 0°13′24″S 78°30′56″W / 0.2234°S 78.5155°W / -0.2234; -78.5155